WHAT MIGHT A PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTICE IF A CHILD HAS AN ANXIETY DISORDER?
Parents or guardians may not diagnose an anxiety disorder. However, parents may be able to recognize the cluster of symptoms which indicate that an anxiety disorder may be the problems.
Below are some descriptions of a child's appearance and behaviour which might indicate that anxiety disorder has become a problem:
◼ An anxious child may complain of headaches and physical problems to avoid going to school.
◼ An anxious child may be tearful in the morning, saying they don't want to go to school.
◼ An anxious child may spend more time doing homework or express unnecessary concerns that the work isn't good enough.
◼ An anxious child may demand constant reassurance from parents.
◼ An anxious child may be touchy and irritable in interaction with family.
◼ An anxious child may spend a lot of time getting ready for social occasion, worrying about appearance or what they might do, or decide at the last minute not to attend social occasions.
◼ An anxious child may be extremely well-behaved and quiet, fearful of asking questions.
◼ An anxious child may demand extra time from teachers, asking questions constantly and needing a great deal of assurance.
◼ An anxious child may fail to work on the assignments on time because the work is perceived as less than perfect.
◼ An anxious child may complain of sudden unexplainable physical illness such as stomach aches and headache when exams or presentation have been scheduled.
◼ An anxious child may avoid speaking up for fear of embarrassment.
➡ Are you concerned about your child after reading this or you know a child with this symptoms? Kindly take him or her to a mental health professional for proper screening and assessment.
"No child health without child mental health".
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